Three armed men stormed the home of Labour Minister Mervin Silva s Coordinating Secretary Amal Rodrigo at Kirimetiyagara early yesterday and opened fire on the occupants killing one and causing serious injury to three others, Kiribathgoda police said.
The deceased was identified as Anuradha Suranjith (26), a resident of Kiribathgoda.
The gang armed with revolvers had arrived in a vehicle around 3.45 a.m. and fired several shots but the person killed was not their intended target, police said,
Two of the assailants have been identified as Priyantha and Kasun, who were involved in other crimes in the area. They may have been targeting some of their rivals who were expected at Rogdrigo s residence, police said.
The three injured persons admitted to the Teaching Hospital were Dinesh Priyankara, Ratnasiri Perera and Saman Nishantha were provided with police security.
Though there were a number of police checkpoints in and around Colombo and along the Kandy road, police said they were perplexed how the armed gang succeeded in arriving in Kirimetiyagara, which was on the outskirts of Kiribathgoda in a vehicle carrying arms.
The attack was made when preparations were being made for the seventh-day alms giving in memory of Rodrigo s mother who passed away last week.